Hourglass Modernist Eyeshadow Palette Review

Hi everyone!

Today’s review is on the Hourglass Modernist Eyeshadow Palette in Exposure. I picked mine up at Mecca Maxima where it currently retails for $85. It is also available on the Mecca website and in store at Mecca Cosmetica. There are a total of 7 palette shades.

DSC_0604 DSC_0619The packaging is consistent with the rest of the Hourglass line in that it is luxurious and features a generously sized mirror, but it is reflective and prone to finger print marks. The shadows are placed next to each other and have a wrinkled cloth texture on them. I don’t get why this was put there since it makes picking up of the product a bit difficult thanks in part to the ridges. Each shade is 1g.


There are five shades in the palette, all of which are a part of a ‘plum’ theme.

The first shade is a shimmery pinky-white, which is well pigmented. It appears more like an icy white on my medium skin.

The second shade is a dark purple-plum with a satin finish. I found this was the worst to swatch and apply. It was patchy and not as pigmented as the other shades yet managed to kick up a lot of powder, thus spreading it to the other shades. It took multiple (read: 5+) swipes to be able to build it up to that ‘opacity’, which is no where near the same level as some of the other shades.

The third shade is a warm light bronze shimmer. This had okay pigmentation. It’s hard to pick up with a brush so you need to dig into the pan a little which then causes a lot of powder to be thrown about.

The fourth shade is a blackened violet with a shimmer finish. This was the most pigmented of the bunch, swatched well and applied the best. This and the bronze are my favourites of the palette.

The fifth and final shade is a shimmery mauve. Like the second colour, it didn’t swatch and apply well on the lid.

The shades have a tendency to be patchy, so packing it on with a damp brush helps bring out the pigmentation as well as evening out the application. The powdery formula is prone to kick back and a lot of fall out so it’s imperative to tap off the excess on the brush.

Longevity-wise, this fares well on my primed oily lids. It’s only after about 6 hours that it starts to fade and crease.

For $76 this palette is a miss for me. The colours are beautiful and complement each other well, but the pigmentation is lacking. I feel that there should have been at least one matte medium transition shade in the palette to help create a complete look without the need to reach for another palette/eyeshadow. I am disappointed since the rest of their line is truly exquisite and have an amazing level of quality to them.

Have you guys used this palette? How do you find them? What do you/dislike about them?

Let me know in the comments!



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